Kansas City Royals Place Gold Glove Outfielder On Waivers

The Kansas City Royals have decided to designate veteran outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. for assignment, according to multiple sources.

Bradley Jr., who signed a minor league deal with the team in the offseason, has struggled offensively this season, posting a disappointing .133/.188/.210 slash line with six extra-base hits, six RBIs, and 10 runs scored over 105 at-bats.

The Royals' decision to designate Bradley Jr. reflects their need for improved outfield production, as their outfield unit has been the least productive in MLB.

At 33 years old, Bradley Jr.'s defensive skills are his primary asset, overshadowing his offensive contributions.

With this move, Bradley Jr. now faces three potential paths. He could be claimed by another team, where he would have the opportunity for a fresh start.

Alternatively, he may report to Triple-A Omaha if he accepts the assignment. Lastly, if he goes unclaimed and declines the option to join Omaha, he would become a free agent, allowing him to explore other opportunities.

This roster move creates an opening for outfielder Dairon Blanco, who leads the minors with 47 stolen bases this season, as the Royals have selected his contract from Triple-A. The team hopes that Blanco's inclusion will inject new energy and productivity into their outfield.

Over his 11-year career, Bradley Jr. holds a .225/.303/.381 triple-slash line, with 109 home runs, 449 RBIs, 69 stolen bases, and 514 runs scored across 1,181 games played. Photo Credit:  Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports